The Nigerian basketball team slammed ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Monday after a rant on “First Take” in which he clearly, and seemingly purposefully, butchered their names
There’s no excuse to lose to Nigeria,” Smith said on ESPN before tweeting the clip out himself. “[To lose to] some dude Gabe Nnamdi, who goes by Gabe Vincent for the Miami Heat. Or Caleb Agada. Or Nma … however the hell you pronounce his name.”
The Nigerian team and many of its players took to Twitter to slam Smith for his take shortly after he posted it.
Most disrespectful thing I’ve heard in a while. @stephenasmith is violating over 200 million 🇳🇬’s with statements like this. Those 3 men that he mentioned worked way to hard to be dismissed like that. Say our names properly or don’t say them at all.
Stephen A. Smith put himself in a terrible position on Monday after making controversial claims about the Nigeria national team. They faced Team USA over the weekend, beating them in one of the biggest upsets in USA Basketball history.
A lot of people were unhappy with that situation, including Smith, who picked the wrong way to vent his frustration, disrespecting the Nigerian players’ names